I love Christmas, but recently I heard a pastor say something that saddened me:
“The only thing I love as much as Christmas is the day after Christmas.”
I didn’t quite know what to say to that because I knew what they meant; they were looking forward to Christmas being over 😦
Christmas is indeed busy. There’s lot’s of extra things to do on top of what we already need to do. Yesterday morning, for example, I thought I had the Christmas Eve service all planned last week. I gave the musicians the bulletin outline so they could practice the music, but then my secretary pointed out a mistake I made ~ I put a carol in there twice. So I had to make some changes and contact the musicians. And this is all while I am trying to get my newsletter article done, do sermon prep, make a delivery to the nursing home and run a couple other errands. And then the phone was ringing and I had to try very hard to be patient with people (because it is not their fault that everything was piling up on me).
Christmas can cause a lot of headaches and stress and sleepless night for a pastor but you know something…
I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
For me Christmas is a golden opportunity to preach the Gospel to people who normally don’t come to worship. It’s my chance to slap people across the face with the Good News of the Christ-child being born for all people. It’s the perfect time to tell people that Christmas is not a secular holiday but rather a celebration of perfect love coming down to us. As one of my 4th grade girls said in release time just recently:
“If Jesus wasn’t born then he wouldn’t have died on the cross for our sins and therefore we wouldn’t go to heaven.”
Amen! That’s the Good News of Christmas.
Next to Easter, Christmas is my favorite day of the year and my least favorite day is the day after Christmas because it means I have 364 days to wait to do this again.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
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